Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

5/5 Loved!

Expected Publication: Sept 11, 2012
Publisher: Random House

Thank you Random House, Netgalley, and Sarah Rees Brennan for allowing me to read an advanced readers copy of Unspoken

My Tweet to Sarah Rees Brennan upon finishing Unspoken:

Its 2am on the night before a final and @sarahreesbrennan just broke my heart with the ending of Unspoken!

That Tweet pretty much sums up just how much I loved Unspoken. In the midst of my 1L Law school finals I still found time every night before bed to read this book and I probably stayed up entirely too late reading, but I don't regret even a second of it.

Unspoken centers around Kami Glass a girl who lives in the quaint town of Sorry-In-The-Vale and talks to a boy in her head. Her life is relatively normal until the Lynburn family returns to Sorry-In-The-Vale and Jared and Ash along with them. Then everything for Kami kind of turns topsy-turvey and she is forced into a world of magic and mystery.

The setting of Sorry-In-The-Vale was the perfect gothic town complete with secrets. I really enjoyed the creepy English town vibe. Sorry-In-The-Vale reminded me a lot of the town in the movie "Hot Fuzz" (one of my favorite movies BTW). Everyone in the town seemed to be in on the Lynburn secret but Kami and it was so fun to riddle it out with her. 

Hot Fuzz (2007) 
The characters in Unspoken were all so likable and I found myself loving each and every one of them! Kami was an excellent narrator easily relatable and so daring, she reminded me a good deal of Mae from Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Lexicon series. Kami is strong, independent, and she is a journalist at heart so she is constantly seeking answers and the next big story. It made for a quick paced narration that had me entranced from the first sentence and never let me go.

The Lynburn boys, Ash and Jared, were equal parts dangerous and drop dead sexy. Ash is a classic Lynburn through and through. He knows what he his and what he means to the town (cryptic enough?). He also has the face of a total hottie good-boy if that suits your fancy. Jared is a bad boy who lived in San Francisco, where his Dad died and his Mom was never really there. I would say he is your typical motorcycle black leather jacket type with a twist of course! I actually came to really like Jared he was vulnerable (when he wanted to be), confused, and loyal. That was what made the ending so heartbreaking for me! I won't give anything away, because I hate when reviewers do that, but take my word for it when I say the cliffhanger Brennan leaves you on will leave you either screaming or crying. For me it was a little of both.

It wasn't just the main characters I liked either, all of the supporting characters shined and had their own distinct personalities. I absolutely loved Kami's best friend and her brother Rusty. Both of them were so cute! I loved that they were so alike, and were constantly falling asleep places. It made them even quirkier then some of the other characters and that is saying something!

In sum, I freaking loved this book! I may be a bit biased though as I am pretty sure I have an author crush on Sarah Rees Brennan. I loved her Demon's Lexicon series, and Team Human...it really was only natural for me to fall head over heels for Unspoken and the Lynburn boys. The only bad thing I have to say about this book is that the wait for book 2 is entirely too long. Especially considering I am writing this review in May, the release date isn't until September, and there is no title or release date for book 2 as of yet. You've been warned, instant love will ensue from reading this book.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 24

So this past week was my first week of my second year of Law School, it wasn't too bad but I can already tell that the reading schedule is definitely going to cut into my "fun" reading time. I think I may have to cut back on buying books so that I can get a handle on my TBR list. Even with all the busy-ness though I was able to snag some great books which I'm excited to share with you!

Abandon & Underworld by Meg Cabot

Tiger's Curse & Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck (I won a copy of the third book so I decided to begin the series. I also found out Colleen is from Salem which is about an hour from Portland, where I went to undergrad, and Salem is where my bestie, Kelley is from, small world!)

Guardian by Heather Burch (My review of book 1, Halflings, is here)
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

5/5 Stars
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Publication Date: October 26, 2011

I think this is the best book Julie Kagawa has written to date. I actually wish that the entire series had been written from Ash’s perspective, he was a interesting and more “grown up” narrator then Meghan. It was great to finally see what he is thinking, Ash is always so stoic and icy that I have on and off doubted his feelings for Meghan. Thankfully, The Iron Knight laid all those fears to rest.

The Iron Knight begins with Ash and Puck on a quest to find a way for Ash to live in the Iron Realm with Meghan. Ash has come to the conclusion that the only way for him to be with Meghan is to become human. To do this Ash must travel to the End of the World and beyond. I’m an absolute sucker for epic quests, and The Iron Knight is one big quest where everyone involved must sacrifice what they care about in order for Ash to succeed.

On this quest we get a different cast from those we have seen in previous novels instead of the iron fey joining in the journey there are more traditional characters from myth including the famous Puck, the big bad Wolf, Grimalkin, and Ariella! (I know right?! I also thought she was dead). Needless to say the addition of Ariella really mixes up the story and I found myself going back and forth in my head just as Ash did. Ash can see the easy life he could build with Ariella since they are both winter fey, but he also grapples with his feelings for Meghan and the promise he made to her as she forced him out of the Iron Realm.

At first I didn’t really like this new love triangle, or maybe it is a square? I guess we can toss Puck in there because he still has feelings for Meghan. I didn’t like the idea of Ash betraying Meghan after all they had been through, and I didn’t like all the history between Ash and Ariella. But the history between the two made the story all the more real. When you meet someone in real life they are going to have baggage and you have to sift through all of that to know if they are right for you or not. Ash does his sifting and I won’t give any spoilers but the book was dedicated to Team Ash, just saying!

In sum, I loved the Iron Knight it really is Kagawa’s best work and finishing this novel has me even more excited to read The Lost Prince which chronicles Meghan’s brother Ethan as he enters the world of fey. Also in honor of this book being all about Ash here is another photo of Julian Casablancas who is the person I always picture when I think of Ash.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Splintered


Author: A. G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books 
Expected Publication: January 2013

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own

My Thoughts:There seem to be a lot of Alice In Wonderland retellings coming out lately. There is the Looking Glass Wars series (that I have yet to finish), Alice in Zombieland, and still others but for some reason this one has me really intrigued and excited! Maybe it is that gorgeous kind of forest-y cover or that intriguing storyline but either way I am eagerly waiting on Splintered! 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

3/5 Stars
Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: Nov 29, 2011

I finally decided to read this book after all the crazy hype on Twitter, Goodreads, & other blogs. I felt like everywhere I looked there was a picture of Pepe (who is undeniably a hottie) and someone going on about how great Obsidian was. I really wanted to believe the hype surrounding this book but when I finally got down to reading the story was just okay.

Obsidian follows Katy who has just moved to West Virginia for her senior year. Katy is a likeable enough heroine, she is kind of a stay at home sort of person and she has a book blog (maybe this is the reason bloggers are obsessed?). Katy is still trying to get over the loss of her Father and after being basically forced to go over to the neighbors Katy meets Daemon and Dee, his sister.

I actually liked Dee she is perky, upbeat, and genuinely wants to be Katy’s friend. Dee was independent and didn’t do exactly as Daemon told her. I actually felt like Dee was one of the more realistic characters in this novel and would have liked to have seen more of her. Instead, enter Daemon.

I had a hard time liking Daemon. Don’t get me wrong I like a bad boy as much as the next girl but Daemon was just an ass and no amount of hot bad boy exterior is going to make up for the fact that he is pompous, conceited, and consistently treats Katy like crap. I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if Katy had just told Daemon off, left him alone and found someone else to crush on. I’m really tired of the cliché in YA literature that just because someone is super sexy they can get away with treating people terribly and later be forgiven by the protagonist.

Overall this story was an entertaining and quick read. Obsidian also gets plus points because it has Aliens rather then the stereotypical paranormal creatures. I must admit to that I already purchased the sequel Onyx, so I guess that says something (that I cave to peer pressure?). I’m hoping in the next book Katy grows a bit of a backbone or Daemon changes into a nicer person but we will see!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 23

So sorry for neglecting the blog this past week, I finally made the long journey from WA to SD and have been getting settled in my new apartment. My second year of Law School starts on Monday so I might have to be away a little more just until I get into the groove of things. Anyway here are the new books on my shelf, make sure to leave your link in the comments so I can see what you got this week!

Cold Kiss & Glass Heart by Amy Garvey (I already read and reviewed Cold Kiss a while back and I'm excited to read an ARC copy of the sequel) Thanks Harper Teen!

Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout
Madly by M. Leighton (Its free right now so you should check it out!)

Blog Tour/ARC:
After Dark by Emi Gayle (I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour! Nov 16 ^^)
The Star Child by Stephanie Keyes

Sam Cruz's Infallible Guide To Getting Girls by Tellulah Darling (This premise reminded me of What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn which I loved so hopefully it is just as good!)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Stolen Nights

Stolen Nights
Author: Rebecca Maizel
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Publication: January 29, 2012

Lenah Beaudonte should be dead. But having sacrificed herself to save another, she finds herself awakening with strange powers that are neither vampire nor human—and a new enemy on her trail. In her vampire life, Lenah had thought that being human was all she ever wanted; but the human heart suffers pain, heartbreak and loss.

With her new powers growing and the dark force of the Nex after her soul, Lenah faces a choice: between the mortal love of gorgeous Justin, whose passion fed her human soul, and taking a different path to become the mistress of her own destiny, wherever that may lead

My Thoughts:
I feel like me and this book go WAY back. I read an ARC copy of the first book in the series way back in 2010 (when I wasn't even blogging yet!) little did I know that the wait for the second book would be so long. Luckily we finally have a release date for Stolen Nights, and because the wait has been so ridiculous they are releasing both Infinite Days and Stolen Nights with new covers, very swanky! Anyways, for obvious reasons I am not so patiently waiting on this one!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 22

This is my last big book haul before I go back to Law School for 2L year, I have a lot of mixed emotions but mostly I think I'm excited to go back. I always miss school after a long summer of slacking. It also helps that I think this is my best book haul all summer! Make sure to leave links so that I can visit your STS post!

XVI by Julie Karr
Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan
Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz 

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Tigers Voyage by Colleen Houck
Angel by Jame Patterson

I won a signed copy of Tiger's Voyage by Colleen Houck on Twitter! (The book is pictured above)

I also won an Auracle prize pack from The Young Adult Connection it came with an ARC copy of Auracle, Signed bookmark, pin, magnet, and a swarovski crystal bracelet. The bracelet is supposed to trap negative energy and after wearing it non-stop for the past few days I think its totally working ^^

Gina Rosati was also kind enough to sign the ARC for me!

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars Blog Tour

Welcome, Heather Anastasiu!

Why Heather is a Rockstar Author:

     I think it takes more then just writing a book and having it published to make an author a Rockstar. To be a Rockstar the author's book must captivate the reader and leave them wanting long after the final page. Even more then a great book though, I think in this time of technological advances and widespread internet use for an author to be a true Rockstar they must have a solid internet presence and be willing and even eager to interact with fans of their work.
     Luckily, even with this tricky criteria, Heather fits perfectly! Heather's debut novel Glitch had me enticed from the first page and even now I am thinking about how I can get my hands on  an early copy of the sequel, Override. Heather can always be found on Twitter as well as Goodreads promoting and interacting with fans. Needless to say Heather is a total Rockstar Debut Author and getting to do this interview with her may have made me fangirl squeal!!

In case you have yet to read Glitch you can check out my review HERE and enter to win a copy for yourself below!


Q: Since this is the Authors are rockstars tour, who is your author rockstar?
Libba Bray! Her books are fierce. I met her at a book signing once, and she was just as awesome in person as you’d expect after reading her books.

Q: Have you always wanted to be an author?
I’ve wanted to be an author since fourth grade when my teacher told me it was something you could do as a profession! But then I stopped writing for about ten years and started dreaming about being a writer again in my early 20’s.

Q: How long did it take you from first draft to publication of Glitch?
Glitch was a book I had rattling around in my head for most of my spring semester of college in 2010, but I didn’t have time to write it until the summer. I sat down in July and banged out the first draft, edited for one insane week, then I was sending queries in August. This is not the advisable way to do things and I don’t think I could possibly write a book in the same crazy way now, but it worked well enough to get bites from agents. I went through SEVERAL rounds of editing with the fabulous Charlie Olsen who ended up signing me as a client in September of that year. After more edits, we went on submission in January, and sold in a few weeks. It was a whirlwind!

Q: What gave you the idea for Glitch?
My husband mentioned a Popular Science article about scientists researching the possibility of implanting something akin to memory chips for Alzheimer’s patients, and I was instantly creeped out and intrigued. I started wondering what other bits of technology we might start implanting in our bodies in the future, and how people in power might use it as a means of control. Mwahahaha, a dystopian society is born!

Q: Can you tell us anything about what is going to happen in the next novel, Override?
I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers for book 1, but it continues exploring Zoe’s growing powers and her relationships to those closest to her.

This or That Section!

Rain or Shine?
Rain, all the way. Nothing puts me in the mood to write like a rain storm, especially if there’s thunder.

Inside or Outside?
 Inside, looking out the window.

Black & White or Color?

Coffee or Tea (Since I hear you write at coffee shops!)?
Coffee. Tea is an abomination! (j/k)

Do you write to music or no music?
With music. I listen to epic soundtracks to play along with the scenes happening inside my head.

Heather's Bio:
Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she's not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.

Connect with Heather via:
Website ♥ Blog ♥ Twitter ♥ Facebook ♥ Goodreads


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Chasing The Skip

Chasing The Skip
Author: Janci Patterson
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)
Expected Publication: October 2, 2012

Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.

Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.

My Thoughts: 
I think the whole premise of this book sounds interesting. I mean a bounty hunter whose daughter falls in love the with person he is hunting, it isn't something I've ever read in the YA genre and I think it is different enough from the Stephanie Plum series that I won't compare the two books. Also I really like that cover with the handcuff and font, its simplistic but I think it says a lot. So what are you Waiting on this Wednesday?!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-thon

Hello And Welcome to The Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon!! At this stop I will be hosting the Cover Love Challenge ♥ The challenge is simple just show me the covers of one or more books released during the summer that you love!

To get your thoughts flowing here are some of my favorite Summer Covers:

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stacking The Shelves 21

So in preparation for my long journey back to South Dakota this next week I decided to stock up one last time at Half-Price Books before I'm forced to pretty much get my books exclusively from Amazon. I have been wanting to read all of these books for a while now and so I'm excited to share.  

Storm Born by Richelle Mead (Already read and enjoyed!)
Every Other Day by Jennifer Barnes
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Angel Burn (ARC) by L.A. Weatherly
Born Wicked by Jessica Sportswood

Enclave by Ann Aguirre
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Exiled by Rashelle Workman

I snapped up Enclave and All These Things I've Done for $2.99 and Exiled was free!! So Get buying ^^ These are great deals!

Ironskin by Tina Connolly